Here's the story from CNN of Chris the Sheep that was in the sermon this morning, if you want to share with your kids!!
Have a blessed and restful Lord's Day!
As a quick reminder, the Elementary Greek class that I will teach begins this afternoon, from 4:45 - 6:00 PM. Tonight's class will provide a brief introduction to the history of the language, and quickly move to a focus on learning the script.
If you are interested in the class but unsure if you can commit, or have questions about what it will look like, come this afternoon because I will answer all of those questions. Or, if you are interested but the time/day is restrictive for you let me know and we can potentially move the time/day.
Some quick questions I've received: What ages is this available for? I am going to teach at a slower pace, but learning a language is difficult so 7th-8th grade is probably the youngest group who will be able to keep up. However, younger children can come and read with us, this will allow them to learn pronunciation and they can begin to see how translation works.
If you are a homeschool parent who is interested in teaching your child Greek in the future, this class would be great for you because it will give you a really good grasp on what homeschool curriculums are trying to accomplish. Or, if you know a homeschool parent (or anyone) who is or might be interested please forward this e-mail to them. This class is open to everyone.
Bottom line, if you're on the fence but have some interest, come this afternoon to see how fun it will be :)
Good afternoon, Saints!
If you are planning on taking the Greek course that I will be leading, we will begin meeting next week on Monday from 4:45 - 6 PM. You can find a syllabus attached to this e-mail that outlines the course goals, expectations, and required texts.
I know the Paine text is a bit expensive, but it is the best inductive approach to Greek that I have found. Find one of the used copies for sale and purchase it.
Please let me know if you are planning on attending the course, and e-mail me with any questions that you might have.
This year, my oldest son asked me to teach him Greek. Naturally, I said "of course I will!!!!" In part because I want him to know the language, and also because it keeps my skills sharp. So . . . this year, I will be giving him instruction on Tuesday afternoons for one hour throughout the year. This will be followed with translation homework.
We will progressively make our way through the Gospel of John in Greek. If you, your child, or anyone you know is interested in joining us (and committing for one year), please let me know by sending me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Good Evening, RRPC!
Last week, the congregation approved at pastoral secretary position. This position will entail 4 hours of work per week, and will be reimbursed at $200 per month. If you are interested in filling this position please fill out the online application found here:
You will also find the job responsibilities on the application form.
Then the king said to his men, "Do you not realize that a commander and a great man has fallen in Israel this day? - 2 Samuel 3:38
If you were at worship on Sunday you heard that Dave Long, a longtime pastor in the RPCNA, passed away on Saturday. I only had the opportunity to meet Dave Long twice, but each time I was blessed. We came into the RPCNA because of men like Dave. He was a kind-hearted, loving, empathic pastor who deeply loved God's sheep.
His congregation and family will miss him dearly, but we rest in the assurance that God will raise him from the dead on the last day. Please pray for the Long family this week.
His obituary can be found here: http://www.soller-baker.com/m/?p=memorial&id=1731180
God’s Word has a lot to say about marriage. It sees the ordinance of marriage as a picture of our relationship with God (Eph. 5:22-32), it speaks on the sanctity of marriage (Ex. 20:14), and it reminds us of the care that God places on marriage (Mal. 2:16). However, even though we know these truths about our marriage, we sometimes fail to give our marriage the attention it deserves.
Last Monday night I anxiously awaited the grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. I waited until the prosecutor came to the podium and delivered the decision, and I waited to see what the crowds on the street would do. Then, as some expected, the crowds erupted in a violent riot.
—Have you been listening to the riot?—
A member of the congregation asked me a very astute question this week. Why do certain forms of impurity in the Old Testament have sacrifices to atone for them, whereas others (like murder, adultery, and idolatry) do not? To properly understand the answer to this question, we have to first get a grasp on what is happening with purity in the Old Testament.